Nothing much went on this morning in the local surf, but a couple of bass were hooked at Point Pleasant. Bob Correll of Bay Head fished his local surf late in the afternoon to catch a hickory shad, but watched young Ryan McCabe catch his first striper ever -- a 20-incher on metal.
Many left the hot afternoon bite of small schoolies to try drifting live eels and large peanut bunkers in Ambrose Channel and the Hudson River for a big fish, but had no hits. The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands had another good early jigging bite between the channels, and ended up releasing lots of short bass to get some keepers plus a few blues.
Capt. Howard Bogan said the early striper bite to the south on his Jamaica from Brielle died out by 9 a. m. this morning. At Barnegat, Captains Dave DeGennaro of Hi-Flier and Steve Purul of Reel Fantasea report fine striper fishing by a variety of methods -- as does Capt. Bob De Santis of Skipjack II from Waretown.
I had my best day ever of blind casting after it started out exactly the opposite while fishing with John Green of Brick. Bob Correll of Bay Head fished his local beach at dawn and saw the same thing we observed at Brick Beach -- lots of birds on sand eels, but nothing being caught.
Capt. Rob Semkowyc was disappointed that he didn't have enough customers to sail with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands as striper jigging improved on Sunday after a poor Saturday. Sunday's pool bass was a 27 1 2-pounder.
The Village Pub from Tabernacle boated 30-to-35-inch bass Friday,and trolled them Saturday up to 40 inches while also hooking a few on live spot as trolled fish were being fought. Capt. Ryan Bogan said Saturday only produced a pick of porgies and sea bass on Jamaica II from Brielle, though John Golliaroro had a 27-pound cod.
The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant reported over 70 bass, but about 40 percent were shorts -- in contrast to mostly keepers on Friday. Joe Melillo didn't see any bass at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant this morning, but he weighed a 22 1 4-pound bass Friday morning after Gerald Cece of Point Pleasant caught it in the local surf on a swimmer.
Though there were a lot of surfcasters spread along the shore from Sandy Hook to Monmouth Beach, those I talked to said there had only been a few brief flurries of bass rather than a repeat of yesterday's Sea Bright blitz. At Point Pleasant, Capt. Bobby Bogan said he fished down to Island Beach State Park and had a decent pick of keeper bass plus some blues on his Gambler -- though it was nothing like yesterday's hot jigging bite.